Tracing The Historical Background of The Wood Jewelry Box

April 21st, 2011 by wys


Have you ever wondered about the first handmade wood jewelry box? That is definitely a difficult history to trace even though jewelry has been worn by our earliest stone age ancestors and right down the ages!

The first jewelry casket, as it was originally called, might have originated in Egypt as it is thought that the Egyptians were the ones who started transporting their jewelry hidden in ceramic jars. And many specimens of trinket boxes have been dug up during archaeological expeditions dating back to 3000 BC at ancient Egyptian and Babylonian sites. Small boxes that were crudely nailed together were also found that might have been used to keep jewelry safe.

Wood seems to have been used in creating jewelry boxes in Rome, Asia, and Europe several centuries ago. Antimonial lead, bronze, calcite, china, ivory were some of the popular materials used in those days and Asian boxes were covered with silk. Most boxes were electroplated with copper and given a fine finish with precious metals like silver and gold, and also ivory.

Cedar was used by native Americans in the north-west to make intricate jewelry boxes. The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries saw the ‘Age of Walnut’ just like the ‘Age of Oak’ which preceded it, gaining popularity. You would find boxes displayed with some extraordinarily ornate mother-of-pearl or ivory inlays.

Jewelry boxes became family heirlooms that would be treasured and handed down from generation to generation, and were also collected as souvenirs by travellers from the different places they visited. An exquisitely handcrafted wood jewelry box was a rare and precious work of art that was treasured. A superbly crafted wooden box made of high quality wood can retain its charm over several centuries. It reawakens forgotten memories and serves as a relic of the past.

With the onset of the Industrial Revolution, mass production took over and jewelry boxes were not such rare commodities any more. This mass supply of boxes drastically reduced their demand and also considerably brought down prices. The Mail Order business, which followed made it easier to order your jewelry boxes from home. The specially hand-carved and customized jewelry box did not, however, go down in popularity and demand.

In the 19th century, there was a rapid increase in skilled craftsmen who artisticallly carved boxes out of wood, silver, gold, bronze, and also fabric. But the wooden jewelry box is the one that has retained its charm and popularity over the ages. Victorian, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco styles vastly influenced the beautiful artistry of those days.

A wooden jewelry box that is specially customized has a lot of value as an affordable and yet charming collectible . It is found on the dressers of the famous and the rich and is a model of the continuously changing trends, materials, craft styles, and art forms. An antique wooden jewelry box, unlike boxes made of other materials, definitely increases in value over time.

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